Juneteenth 2024


What is Juneteenth?

Celebrated on June 19th, Juneteenth is an annual federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. On that date in 1865, enslaved people were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation in Texas, marking an effective end to slavery in the U.S. Today, the moment is joyously celebrated with parades and floats, prayer and dancing, food, and family.

The History of the Holiday

In Texas, Juneteenth has been an official holiday since 1979. In 2021, it was made a federal holiday. By 2019, 48 states including the District of Columbia recognized Juneteenth. By 2020, only Texas had adopted the holiday as a paid holiday for state employees. As of 2021, more states declared Juneteenth a paid holiday for state employees in Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Washington, and Virginia. 

For more about the history of the holiday and its extra resonance this year, explore these resources:


Events

  • Echoes of Freedom: Embracing Culturally Relevant & Sustaining Education (CRSE) in the Spirit of Juneteenth
  • Summer Solstice 2024: Making Black Freedom – Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum
  • Tulsa Juneteenth Festival – Come explore your freedom at the annual Tulsa Juneteenth Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma on the historical, Greenwood Ave. This festival serves as a safe space to exist in the fullest expression of yourself, as human, free and worthy of the joy of liberation. This community welcomes you to share a time of deep belonging and celebration with us.
  • Juneteenth Celebration All American Freedom Day 2024: The Year of Justice, Peace, and Love – Carnegie Hall
  • University of Minnesota Juneteenth Celebration – We Are the Noise: The Echoes of Our Ancestors
  • Juneteenth Central Oregon Jubilee – Get ready for the 4th Annual Juneteenth Central Oregon celebration on June 15th and 16th, 2024 from 11am to 5:30pm! Rooted in education, entertainment, and fostering a vibrant and safe environment for the community, this year’s theme, “Jubilee,” marks a joyous celebration of the emancipation of African Americans. Joined by the African and Caribbean Community, our two-day event promises an immersive experience filled with authentic African, Caribbean, and African American cuisine, art, music, and education. Embrace the cultural tapestry through enlightening educational activities, captivating entertainment, and a shared culinary journey that celebrates the diverse heritage of our communities.
  • Cocoa Florida Juneteenth Celebrate Freedom – Celebrate Freedom JUNETEENTH Arts and Cultural Festival. Come out and enjoy Live entertainment, music, children’s activities, arts and crafts, food trucks, vendors, and more
  • BROOKLYN’S OWN JUNETEENTH NY WEEKEND – The East New York and Brownsville community have been a huge support in building the Juneteenth NY Festival into a community staple. We’re honored to gather thousands together in recognition of the Juneteenth National Holiday Over the last 14 years. Juneteenth NYC is a nonprofit public charity recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3).
  • Fayetteville, NC Juneteenth Jubilee – The Juneteenth Jubilee will kick off in the heart of downtown on Saturday June 15, 2024, with a full-day celebration in Festival Park (335 Ray Avenue) from 1:00PM – 9:00PM featuring nationally touring headliners, local performance acts, food trucks, small-business and corporate vendors, artists/artisans, history, games and other entertainment for the whole family. In addition to all the fun in the park, the Can-Do Coldwell Trolley will return to offer festival-goers a chance to take an educational tour focused on the history of Juneteenth and black history here in Fayetteville, curated in partnership with local historians from Fayetteville State University.
  • Juneteenth: Atlanta Parade and Music Festival – This high-spirited celebration of freedom, unity, and equality offers six (6) stages and is known for filling the atmosphere and the streets of Atlanta with the soulful sounds of live music, the pleasant aromas of sage, myrrh and frankincense, the amazing hand-made merchandise from local and international vendors, mouthwatering cuisines, and an array of immersive cultural activities for all attendees. To heighten this already extraordinary experience, the event bolsters a Georgia United, vibrant, televised Juneteenth Black History Parade (June 21, 2024) featuring captivating floats, fly-over jets, colorful dance troops, community youth organizations, mesmerizing marching bands, and esteemed local and national dignitaries from every city in the state of Georgia. Join us as we commemorate the historic weekend of Juneteenth, marking the emancipation of enslaved Aboriginals in America. Everyone is welcome to be a part of this monumental event where community, equality, human rights, and justice for all merge together to create a better world ​for future generations.


Resources

  • MY PRIDE IS BLACK, MY JUNETEENTH IS QUEER – SPLC Learning for Justice
  • Happy Juneteenth! – SPLC Learning for Justice – The emancipation story remains largely incomplete, over 150 years later.
  • National Museum of African American History & Culture – Juneteenth
  • These recommended books are appropriate for teenager and adult readers: 
    • Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement – Angela Davis 
    • Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District – Hannibal B. Johnson
    • Jubilee: The Emergence of African American Culture by Hannibal B. Johnson
    • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope – bell hooks
    • How to Be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi 
    • Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom – bell hooks
    • Witness for Freedom: African American Voices on Race, Slavery, and Emancipation – C. Peter Ripley
    • Juneteenth – Ralph Ellison
    • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin DiAngelo

School-Based/Classroom Resources


Other

Movies are also a valuable resource for learning Black history. Some recommendations are:

13thDevil in a Blue DressMany Rivers To CrossThe Black Panthers; Vanguard of the Revolution
42DreamgirlsMoonlightThe Central Park 5
A Long Walk Home (1990)Eyes on the PrizeMudboundThe Color Purple
A Raisin in the SunFencesMurder on a Sunday MorningThe Five Heartbeats
A Time to KillFinding Fela!Paris is BurningThe Hurricane
AliFruitvale StationPorgy & BessThe Jackie Robinson Story
AmistadGet On UpPosseThe Josephine Story
BamboozledGhosts of MississippiPurple RainThe Loving Story
BarryGloryRayThe Murder of Fred Hampton
BessieHalf of A Yellow SunRed TailsThe Night Tulsa Burned
Black PantherHallelujahRemember The TitansThe Princess and the Frog
Blood DiamondsHarlem NightsRosewoodThe Pursuit of Happyness
Bopha!Hidden FiguresRubble KingsThe Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
Boyz In the HoodHotel RwandaSarafina!The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story
Cabin In The SkyIntroducing Dorothy DandridgeScottsboro: An American TragedyThe Tuskegee Airmen
Carmen JonesJust CauseSelmaThe Wiz
CeliaJust MercySlavery and the Making of AmericaThe Wronged Man
ClaudineLady Sings The BluesSouthside with MeTime: The Kalief Browder Story
Cooley HighLean on MeSparkleTupac: Resurrection
CrooklynLet the Fire BurnTalk To MeTwo Trains Running
Cry FreedomMahoganyTangerineWhat Happened Miss Simone
Cry, The Beloved CountryMalcolm XThe African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry LouisWhen the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
Dead PresidentsMama AfricaThe Art of RapWithin Our Gates
By Career Center Team
Career Center Team